Average broadband speeds have increased significantly in the UK.
An annual survey by UK communications watchdog Ofcom revealed that fixed-line download speeds rose by 28% to 46.2 megabits per second in the year to November 2017, while upload speeds rose by 44% to 6.2 Mbps.
The typical British household consumed 190 gigabytes of data a month. The main driver of this increase was increased use of streaming services like Netflix.
The data was collected using speed-testing boxes at about 4,700 volunteers’ properties.
The fastest download speeds were achieved by Virgin Media’s ‘up to 200 Mbit/s’ cable package. The package averaged 193.6 Mbit/s over a 24-hour period, and 184.3 Mbit/s during the 8pm-10pm peak period.
Superfast broadband is available to most UK premises, however, there are still a lot of broadband users that haven’t upgraded yet.
“Many households could receive better broadband speeds by upgrading their package, sometimes at no greater cost. Although superfast broadband is available to 93% of UK premises, around two in five UK broadband households still subscribed to a standard “ADSL” service in November 2017.”
Discrepancy in speed between homes in urban areas and those in rural areas
Ofcom found that 59% of connections in urban homes achieved average speeds of more than 30 Mbps over the 20:00-22:00 peak-time period. However, only 23% of connections in rural homes reached speeds of more than 30 Mbps over the same period – just over half were under 10 Mbps.
Speed by country
England had the fastest speeds and Wales had the slowest.
Average broadband speed:
- England : 47.8 Mbps
- Scotland: 43.6 Mbps
- Northern Ireland: 39.2 Mbps
- Wales: 33.4 Mbps